Betsy DeVos is the current Secretary of Education which is a Cabinet Post directly under the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Her background in school reform and innovation is what got her the job. She has long been an advocate for school choice, school vouchers, and for innovations with For-Profit Charter School development.
Betsy DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, former CEO of the Amway Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both DeVos’s have been involved with Republican politics for several years with Dick as a candidate for the Michigan governorship, and Betsy as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party from 1996 to 2000. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com
Betsy has also been an advocate for school reform where she pushes school choice and school vouchers as a way of making way for disadvantaged students. As DeVos puts it, students are a prisoner of the zip code in which they find themselves living, and that is not always an ideal situation for learning.
Betsy has also been an advocate of the Detroit Charter School System. The Detroit Charter School system has shown steady progress with an increase in reading scores and a heavy increase in high school graduations. Critics cite that there has been no improvement in math scores, but DeVos points out that math is a cumulative subject and most of the students included in these results missed out on lower grade math which forms the foundation for later years.
Betsy DeVos states that education in the United States should provide more flexibility and choice of schools because right now it is a closed system. It is a dead end monopoly where students are forced through a funnel of no return for many of them. By opening up more avenues of choice for students with for-profit charter schools, parents will be able to choose where their children will go to school. Critics are afraid that this will privatize the public school system, but DeVos counters with statistics that tell the tale of wasted money and wasted programs that have failed since the 1960s.
School voucher is another ploy of DeVos where students would be able to attend private schools with public funding. Or even charter schools could be included in the mix. All that has to be done is to look at the inner-city schools that have fared no better in 2016 than they had in 1976.
DeVos has a lot to say, and it just may be that what she has to say can improve a lot of many inner cities and rural students in America in the coming years. Visit dbdvfoundation.org to know more about their foundation.